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The 12 Step Programme And The Purpose

Alcoholic Anonymous type of 12 steps and 12 traditions is one of the first therapy programs around and it is addressed as the standard for retrieval from basically any kind of dependence.


This was originally created by the Alcoholics Anonymous group in order to beat alcohol addiction. It gained its popularity from its early successful implementation in beating alcohol abuse that the drug rehab treatment adapted its own version of the 12-step program. Many people who have no affiliation to any religious group also adopt the program despite the spiritual undertone of the program. Room was made for a variety of explanations of the concept according to how people can explain the idea of a God.


The 12 steps is also used by many other groups such as Debtors Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as different groups were formed to handle a variety of addiction problems.


How The Model Works

The privacy of Alcoholics Anonymous membership and inadequate research results make it difficult to document the gains and success of AA 12 Step model program. Nevertheless, the popularity as well as success stories recounting recovery from addiction indicate milestone progress and position of the program.

For those people that want to become clean, the 12 Step model gives aid, reassurance, and liability. This model program fosters unity in diversity during group members' regular meetings to encourage and challenge one another to focus on sobriety.


Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step Programme

The group recognizes that recovery does not end with rehab hence it is all up to the recovering patient to adapt the best plan that works for his recovery. It is common for patients to have to go back and redo certain steps or even take on more than one step at a time.

As defined by the Alcoholics Anonymous, here are the 12 steps

  • We acknowledge our problem and that we are unable to overcome it by ourselves.
  • Getting back to our senses depends on a power that is more than ours.
  • Taking a stand to turn to God for strength to overcome addiction and change the course of your life's direction.
  • Find ourselves and examine our moral strengths.
  • Accept our sins in the eyes of everyone including God and work for atonement.
  • We offer ourselves ready before our God so he can fix our disease in character.
  • We implore in all modesty before our God for the forgiveness of our mistakes.
  • Create a list of everyone we have hurt and pursue a path to make things right with them.
  • Made direct compensations to these people every time is possible excluding those times that it can cause troubles.
  • Make a daily examination of ourselves and acknowledge our shortcomings and accept it.
  • We desire to have a better relationship with God according to our knowledge, and solicit for his assistance to understand him better and give us what we need to carry out what He plans for us through prayer and deliberation.
  • Having been the centre of a "spiritual awakening" we will carry on the message to alcoholics and continue to practice what we speak.

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The Twelve Traditions

The 12 traditions are slightly different to the 12 steps, they will speak with the Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole, instead of speaking to the individual. These governing traditions are stipulated and defined in the Big Book as the official literature of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A number of 12-step groups have designed their own 12 traditions to suit their circumstance and recovery program.

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The 12 traditions are

  • Individual recovery hinges on AA unity, leading to the organization's overall objective.
  • In our community purpose there is only one true authority - a loving and giving God that will depict Himself in our group conscience.
  • Our leaders are our servants, we are governed by our traditions and not by them.
  • Our only requirement is to end our weakness to alcohol and stop the abuse.
  • AA member group is independent and only share with other member groups matters of mutual concern.
  • Every group has one important aim - bring the message to any alcoholic that is suffering from alcohol addiction.
  • AA groups will never finance, lend or give the AA name to a group outside of the community, no issues with money, location or prestige should pull us away from our initial aim.
  • Each group is totally independent with no access to an external financial source.
  • We should maintain our "non professionalism", but the service centres we offer can employ specialist workers.
  • As a result, we should never be organized; but can pull together to make committees and serving boards in response to those they serve.
  • We should not share or have outside opinion on the problems of the outside world; we do not want the AA name being dragged into disrepute.
  • We maintain our anonymity at all media levels and we do not promote any issues or advocacy except that we care for the alcoholics.
  • The principles of the group is above anything else, as our traditions are built on remaining anonymous.

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